At the height of their popularity no group was received with more excitement than The "Searchin" Coasters. They released a long series of popular novelty tunes that kept the group near the top of the charts for years. The early days of rock can hardly be discussed without mentioning such tunes as "Charlie Brown," "Yakety Yak," and "Young Blood."
The popular broadway musical, "Smokey Joe's Cafe," takes it name from the first hit released by "The Robins," a group that later evolved into The Coasters.
On January 21, 1987, the Coasters were the first vocal group to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. They have appeared in 6 major movies and have amassed record sales of over 100 million. And, according to one publicist "to this date, their act is one of the liveliest and funniest in show business."
Yes, The Coasters are still performing today. That is to say -- groups of men holding themselves out to be "The Coasters" are still performing today.
As is the case with most of the early groups, the "original" Coasters will never be seen again. The group led by Carl Gardner, one of the original lead singers, is as close are you are going to get.
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